Harden bounce back to rescue 76ers in game 4

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James Harden performance in game 4 help the 76ers get the victory over Boston Celtics.

Philadelphia 76ers James Harden was inpressive, helping his side claim victory against the Boston Celtics in the overtime of the game to level their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two wins apiece.

Harden scored 42 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Joel Embiid recorded 34 points and 13 boards for the third-seeded 76ers, who snapped a two-game skid. Game 5 is Tuesday in Boston.

Harden made 16 of 23 shots from the floor — including 6 of 9 from 3-point range — to bounce back from a pair of disastrous shooting performances in Games 2 and 3. He sank just 5 of 28 shots from the floor and 2 of 13 from beyond the arc in the previous two games.

“I sent him a gospel song,” Rivers later said with a laugh. “The title of it is, ‘You Know My Name?’

“I’m on my way to the game, and I get a text from Doc,” Harden later explained with a laugh. “It’s a gospel song, and I’m like, ‘All right, whatever.’ So, I just tell my homies, ‘Let’s play the song.’ It’s a seven-minute song, but I let the whole song play.

“I was like, ‘All right, there’s got to be some kind of good juju in this song, or however he’s feeling, I want to feel like that.’

“And I guess it worked.”

James Harden further stated that he has nothing in mind than just to win games no matter how it played out.

“I just want to win,” Harden said. “No matter how it plays out, I just want to win.

“Quite frankly, today was a do-or-die for us. … We found a way to win, and that’s all that matters in the postseason.”


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